Monthly Archives: July 2012

Tareas domésticas (Domestic jobs) [Ringing an electrician / plumber etc.]

A lot of people that I teach Spanish to are learning because they own properties in Spain and therefore sometimes need to communicate with local people. I am often asked to teach useful phrases when calling local tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians and builders. Here are some key words and phrases to start you off.

Necesito hablar con un electricista / un fontanero / un albañil. I need to speak to an electrician / plumber/ builder.

Busco a un electricista / un fontanero / un albañil. I’m looking for an electrician / a plumber / a builder. Continue reading

I’m learning a foreign language but my English grammar is letting me down!

With the recent news from the government that as from next year all 11-year olds will be tested on basic grammar this can only be a good thing. It is particularly important when learning foreign languages to understand key grammar terms and how your own language is made up, because if not, this will create obstacles when studying a new language. Many people that I have taught languages to find that the problem isn’t learning the new language, but the real stumbling block is understanding key grammar terms. Even simple grammar terms such as nouns, adjectives and verbs can be confusing if you have not already studied them.
In this blog article I will explain the key grammar terms to understand which should help when learning a foreign language. Continue reading